Our Stories

Our Stories

“Connecting the child to a safe relative is the most important part of our work. Without that, the child does not have a secure base to trust from, to grow from and then learn from.”

Miss T

This young girl was found on the streets and taken to the central police station. She told a story of her mother dying and then living with her stepfather, but then he died too. His family, didn’t accept her and so chased her away saying that she was not ‘their blood’

 

Alone, unwanted and without anything, she was transferred to the local remand centre (a juvenile prison) because there was just nowhere else to take her. We were then contacted by a contact who asked for our help. With the help of a supportive headteacher we know, a generous donation for this term’s school fees and a local Kenyan family offering to foster her in the school holidays, Miss T is has just started class 8!  We will now begin to try and trace any safe relatives she may have and support her through her loss and grief.

 

It takes a village to raise a child.

“Continued support for the child and family is paramount to creating an environment for the best possible outcome. Add the teacher into this ‘family’ and the child is supported to do their very best and change their life forever”

Mr H

Mr H, is a small 12 year old boy who is part of the football group and the ‘starfish gang’.

 

He was very keen for Maurice to meet his mother and on further investigation we found that she is kind and loving but living in poverty. Henry is one of seven children, the second born. Mama washes clothes to pay her rent and just about feed her children. There is nothing spare.

 

Henry is a growing boy and most often starving and so he spends his time on the streets begging for money for food so that there is more to go around at home. He sometimes sleeps there, but more often than not, he stays out, begging from tourists in the evening and being there early in the morning.

 

H is now part of the Kitichapweza family.

I am privileged. I was born in a country with free education, free health care and free social security. These children and families don’t have even one of these things. It feels right therefore, that I use my privilege to listen to what they need and try and do something.

Vanessa.

Football Project

Maurice, our founder, mentor and outreach worker regularly meets with boys to play football followed by beans and chapatti.